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Nouns

Nouns name a person, place, thing, or abstract idea.  There are various types of nouns, the most common are as follows:

 

  • Concrete Nouns name something you can see, touch, taste, hear, or smell.
    • Examples: pencil, book, rose

 

  • Abstract Nouns name something you cannot perceive through any of your five senses.
    • Examples: love, fear, hunger

 

  • Common Nouns name any one of a class of people, places or things.
    • Examples: building, writer, nation, month, leader, place, book, war

 

  • Proper Nouns name a specific person, place, or thing.
    • Examples: Mark Twain, Virginia, White House, October, Leaves of Grass, Revolutionary War

 

  • Collective nouns name groups.  These group nouns describe units of multiple people, places, or things, but are treated as SINGULAR nouns, which means they take a singular verb.  Add an "s" (or the appropriate ending) to collective nouns to make them plural. 
    • Examples: team, choir, club, class. 

 

  • Count nouns can be counted. You can use a, an, many, or a number before count nouns.
    • Examples include: one boy, six sheep, and many days.

 

  • Mass nouns are not countable and include words like gasoline, water, and dirt

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